noun, plural cae·su·ras, cae·su·rae [si-zhoo r-ee, -zoo r-ee, siz-yoo r-ee] /sɪˈʒʊər i, -ˈzʊər i, sɪzˈyʊər i/.
Origin of caesura
Examples from the Web for caesura
This is a detail from "Caesura" by Emily Henretta, on view now at Room East in New York.
There is a pause at the caesura, so that the word for occupies the whole of the third foot.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
The verse of Greene and Peele, however, is rather monotonous, because generally the caesura occurs after the second foot.
The latter syllable of profit comes at the caesura, and is easily read quickly.Chaucer's Works, Volume 3 (of 7)|Geoffrey Chaucer
These writers deprived the caesura of its mobility and admitted it almost exclusively after the second beat.
In the tumbling—or, to use the German name, the gliding (gleitend) caesura or rhyme.
British Dictionary definitions for caesura
noun plural -ras or -rae (-riː)
Word Origin for caesura
Word Origin and History for caesura
1550s, from Latin caesura, "metrical pause," literally "a cutting," from past participle stem of caedere "to cut down" (see -cide).